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Jonathan urges Atta Mills to halt hostility towards Nigerians

By HUGO ODIOGOR

President Goodluck Jonathan has urged his Ghanaian counterpart to investigate the source of hostility of his countrymen towards Nigerian businesses in the West African country as this could truncate economic integration in the ECOWAS sub region.

Dr. Jonathan was briefed last week by the foreign affairs minister Mr. Odein Ajuomogobia of the unsavoury developments in Ghana which is joining the rank of states hostile to Nigerian business people in Africa.

Sunday Vanguard learnt that Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Ghana Senator Musiliu Obanikoro was in Abuja again last week to brief government even as some of Nigerian companies are keeping their options of leaving Ghana open. The West Africa country has become a major beneficiary of Nigeria’s infrastructural deficiency in the power sector, which has seen the relocation of some blue chip companies to Ghana for their operations while they return to market their products in Nigeria.

Worrisome to Nigeria is the huge business registration requirement of up to $300,000 and above to set up business in Ghana, and the attacks and vandalisation of communication facilities of telecom giant, Globacom  in Ghana by unknown persons.

Sources told Sunday Vanguard that the Ghanaian authorities have begun to look into  the plight of Globacom which has a license to roll out GSM services in the West Africa, but this has been put on hold in the interim.

 There are strong indications that some forces are working to sabotage the operations of Globacom in Ghana where its installations and facilities are being vandalized and its bill boards defaced. Officials of Globacom are reluctant to dabble into diplomatic and political issues in Ghana, saying their interest in there is to provide the same quality service as in Nigeria, where our entry into the market brought affordable quality telecommunication services to our subscribers.

Not only that we increased to subscribers base to unprecedented heights.


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